Thursday, October 29, 2009

Should I dare to be fit and right?

Far from it, I'm sure. After all, once I quit my college's track and field team, the once fit physique I had became a distant memory. From a sprightly 110 to 120 lbs., I ballooned to my current 200 lbs. - or possibly even more - so yeah, fit and right I definitely am not.
So, what contributed to my weight gain? A really unhealthy diet that constituted mostly of fried food, junk food, lots of rice and pasta and definitely lots and lots and LOTS of Coke for one. Lack of exercise also made me gain weight, with the only physical effort I exerted most nights coming from lifting a bottle of beer off of the table to my paperwork-parched lips.

Nowadays, when I look at my old pictures, I can't help but wish I was still that fit and lean. For one thing, shopping for clothes was much easier then since I could fit into a pair of jeans with a 27-inch waistline while a large-sized shirt would easily fit me. Now, clothes hunting has become troublesome since jeans with a 38-inch waistline is not too common in stores while a XXL or even a XXXL shirt has become a necessity since it fits me well as opposed to a large-sized shirt which would only make me feel and look like a giant hamonadong longganisa.

God knows I've tried losing weight lots of times but most often than not, I stopped after just a few tries because it was either too troublesome or I just was too lazy to do it. I mean, c'mon, sitting in front of the computer and web surfing or playing games or lounging in front of the TV while watching DVDs were more interesting, hassle-free alternatives after all, even more so if you had a bag of chips and a bottle of soda to accompany you.

A workout that would burn 400 calories in four minutes?!? WTF?!?

Still, I missed the old fit and healthy Patrick Everett Tadeo so when the opportunity came to join Del Monte's Fit N' Right bloggers event last Friday, October 23, I couldn't pass it up, especially when their invitation had a teaser that said PBA conditioning coach Jim Saret's Fast Intense Training (FIT) workout could burn "400 calories in four minutes" which would continue to burn more "even when you're done with the workout." That pretty much sold it right there for me.

 Now, I won't go into the minute details of the bloggers event, like how good the food was (it was okay, really, but not something I'd write about) or who were the bloggers I knew that attended the event (not that many since I only attend bloggers events that appeal to me). I will however delve into what Coach Jim shared with the bloggers.

If the invitation's teaser sold the bloggers event to me, Coach Jim's lecture on fitness and the benefits of his FIT workout practically reeled me in hook, line and sinker. From his very informative lecture to the look of the volunteers' faces as they took part in Coach Jim's live on-stage FIT workout demo, I became a believer in his workout. And I'm sure, once everyone hears of how good and effective his workout his, Coach Jim will be the L. Ron Hubbard of fitness, with his FIT workout as the fitness world's Dianetics. Okay, I jest as he's more Tony Robbins than Scientology's equivalent of Jesus and St. Peter combined.

Coach Jim's four-minute FIT workout for beginners is easy to do with the workout being spread into four one-minute intervals with easy-to-do exercises like being in a prone position but only on the tips of your toes and on your elbows, followed by squats, push-up and lunges. What did pique my interest though was Coach Jim's intense workout he gave to his friend Jam as it looked both intense and tiring especially when, as part of the demo, even after Jam wrapped up the workout for some minutes already, he was still burning calories. Too bad though that the bloggers kit Del Monte gave away to everyone didn't have that specific workout. Del Monte's Facebook page, however, assured me that they'll be putting Coach Jim's workout routine with Jam up soon so I'll be eagerly waiting for it.

Burning fat while juicing up naturally

Being that the bloggers event was sponsored by Del Monte Fit N' Right (FNR), it was expected that there would be tons of FNR-branded items on display, from the tabled adorned with FNR bottles to the event's beverage on hand courtesy of FNR.

Honestly, prior to attending the bloggers event, I had no experience whatsoever with L-carnitine-containing products. As I mentioned earlier, it's nothing but Coke, or sometimes Pepsi, for me. So, after I downed three 330 mL bottles of Del Monte FNR, I thought it wasn't anything special; 'just a fancy way of promoting pineapple juice' was how I dismissed it.

The next morning, however, served as a wake-up call for L-carnitine's positive effect as I found myself making more trips to the toilet to 'unload'. According to my wife who's an occasional L-carnitine user of another brand of beverage, that was how one way the "quaternary ammonium compound biosynthesized from the amino acids lysine and methionine" (Thank you, Wikipedia) worked.

According to Del Monte,
"if L-Carnitine levels are increased, the body’s ability to oxidize fat is optimized. With supplementary L-Carnitine, proper diet and regular exercise, one can achieve ideal body weight and ensure a healthy life."

Del Monte also said that "Fit ‘N Right also contains Vitamin B1, B6 and B12 that helps speed up metabolism, resulting in faster weight loss. Vitamins B1, B6 and B12 are energy boosters and increases endurance by facilitating the conversion of carbohydrates, protein and fat into energy that is needed by the body in performing physical functions. It also contains natural fruit juice that provides the body with 100 percent of its regular daily allowance."

And so, armed with Coach Jim's workout and the fat-burning properties of Del Monte's FNR, I just might find myself losing weight in time for my birthday next year. But first, I've got a marathon to attend to.

Me? Run a marathon? Am I INSANE?!?

I may just be since the last time I ran a marathon was during my college's traditional four-kilometer feast day marathon back in 1995. After that, the only time I would run was everytime I crossed the street to get to the other side to hail a jeepney.

Truth is, I'm slightly bemused how running has become today what badminton was a year ago - everyone seems to be doing it. Because honestly, the only reason I joined my college's varsity track and field team was not for the love of the sport. Far from it actually as I hate sweating unless it's because I'm having sex. You see, the only reason I joined the team was because I wanted to skip out on my college's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) training. Shallow reason, I know, but hey, I was able to skip Sunday morning ROTC training and Physical Education (PE) classes because of it.

So, when my name was one of the ten drawn by Del Monte that would be able to join the first Del Monte Dare to be Fit ‘N Right Fun Run at the SM Mall of Asia on November 22, I thought 'what the hey, I might as well since I'll be getting a free singlet, race bib, FNR products and a raffle coupon for the chance to win a Lenovo laptop.' And so sign up I did right after I stepped out of the event. To be fair to myself though, I only signed up for the 3-kilometer race since I think that, with my current condition, that's going to be a challenge already.

So, if you feel like running for a good cause to help the victims of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, sign up for either the 3K, 5K or 10K marathons with just a P300 registration fee. The registration period will be from October 21 to November 16 at either CEMG's office in Unit 3A Vernida I Bldg., Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City; Dare to be Fit ‘n Right booths in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig and in selected SM Hypermarkets like the Mall of Asia, Sucat, Pasig, and North EDSA; as well as any Fitness First branches on November 16, 2009. Official race call time is at 4 a.m. in front of the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall with the official run kicking of at 6 a.m.

The first, second, and third place runners from each division stands to win P10,000, P5,000 and P3,000 in cash prices respectively, coupled with more prizes including one month's free membership at Fitness First. All registered runners will also automatically qualify for the raffle, where they can win a Lenovo laptop.

I hope to see you there though you can possibly count on me being dead last in the 3K race.

Many thanks to Az for sharing his photos of the event.


Rochie said...

i need that sweat badly sir! i already gained weight since i stopped regular basketball training last summer. i think i might run every weekend though. good luck to us!

tagskie said...

hi.. just dropping by here... have a nice day!